A new behind the scenes images shows the cast of James Cameron’s Avatar 2 taking a break and shows off the new underwater motion capture technology the film is using.
2009’s Avatar set many benchmarks that are only just now being surpassed. While the film has earned its fair share of critics over the years, at the time of its release it became the highest-grossing film of all time, beating out James Cameron’s previous film, Titanic, and was only just beaten out by last years Avengers: Endgame. The film also set new benchmarks for special effects technology and started the 3D craze that has only recently seemed to have died down. But, ever the boundary pusher, James Cameron is still looking for new ways to expand the technology he helped develop.
In the ten years since Avatar was released, James Cameron has been developing its sequels but has made a second career out of deep-sea submarine diving of all things and this passion seems to have found its way into the Avatar sequels. While details on the plot of the upcoming films are still rather vague, a good portion of these films are said to take place in the oceans of the Avatar world of Pandora. Earlier this month, we got our first look at James Cameron directing his cast in a pool, showing off how these sequences would be shot. Now we have a new look at the cast of the film in the pool, giving us a closer look at the motion capture technology that will be used in the film.
You can see the full behind the scenes Avatar image below:
From the set of the sequels: @ZoeSaldana, Sam Worthington, Kate Winslet, and Cliff Curtis taking a break from underwater performance capture for a quick photo!
Fun fact: Much of the performance capture took place in this 900,000 gallon tank, built specifically for the sequels. pic.twitter.com/NSfqoZ6jXJ
— Avatar (@officialavatar) May 13, 2020
What do you all make of this image? Are you glad to see that James Cameron is making his cast actually swim for the film’s underwater sequences? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Here is the official synopsis for the first Avatar film:
AVATAR takes us to a spectacular world beyond imagination, where a reluctant hero embarks on an epic adventure, ultimately fighting to save the alien world he has learned to call home. James Cameron, the Oscar-winning director of Titanic, first conceived the film 15 years ago, when the means to realize his vision did not exist yet. Now, after four years of production, AVATAR, a live action film with a new generation of special effects, delivers a fully immersive cinematic experience of a new kind, where the revolutionary technology invented to make the film disappears into the emotion of the characters and the sweep of the story.
Avatar 2 is currently set to be released on December 17, 2021. Stay tuned for the latest news surrounding James Cameron’s upcoming Avatar sequels and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for new video content!